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Nagano Ski Buffet

Nagano Ski Buffet5/526
Nagano Ski Buffet5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews
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Nagano Ski Buffet - Reviews

Nagano Ski Buffet - Reviews

WOW Amazing

Brad Clarke03/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    January

WOW Amazing

Brad Clarke03/02/2019
Jase and his team at Japan Powder Culture Tours were absolutely amazing hosts for our group of 12 advanced/expert skiers for 9 days (8 days of skiing)! We were promised powder snow and were not disappointed at all. Even after 3 - 4 days Jase, Gus, Tom, John and Tyson were able to sniff out private powder stashes for us! The last day the powder was hip deep in places and was amazing. A number of our group brought sons in the 20 year range, many who are amazing skiers and the guides were very strong skiers and showed the lads an amazing time. Jase was cautious on offering ski advise but asked for permission from the tip to give out ski tips if he had any suggestions for experiance. The cultural experiance was also unbelievable with Geisha nights and Lion dances and drumming and entertainment and Jases "hidden gems" which were surprises along the way (which I will not divulge here but were lots of fun), honestly there was not a lot of idle time and all was done very profesionally! The hotel Ryokan Biyu was very good, clean and very professional staff. The Onsens (natural hot springs) in that hotel were marvelous and most of our group enjoyed them daily after skiing, fantastic! The snow monkey park near by was also a highlight which we very much enjoyed on our only day off from skiing. Jase was on top of our every need including arranging private massages for our tired muscles and checking in every day regarding dinner preferences and then booking the restuarant for us and either joining us or walking us to the restaurant to make sure we arrived there and also to assist on ordering. Jases new ski bus was fantastic and we felt pampered with his great music and many fantastic Stories (true Story!). If you want to experiance an amazing ski trip and cultural experiance, I don't think to may companies could match what this company does. Every one of his team are professionals, amazing skiers/boarders and look after your every whim. I will recommend this company to a number of friends who are considering a ski trip to Japan next year. There were numerous couples on this trip apart from our group plus a few families and all seemed to be having a great time. The guides are all certifed instructors so if you want to improve your technique. they can help you. Will take my wife back in the next year or two to share this amazing experiance with her. Thanks Jase, Tom, Gus, John and Tyson for an unbelievably great experiance, which I know my sons will remember for a lifetime!

Japan Powder Culture Tours

Brian Stern03/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January

Japan Powder Culture Tours

Brian Stern03/02/2019
I have been home a couple of weeks now and this trip is still fresh in my mind. Jason Caulton and his team of high energy and highly skilled band of skier/snowboarders blew me away. they provided an experience second to none. They not only knew the mountains, the people and the culture but provided this experience at a level of 10 on a daily basis. I went to Japan with no expectations other than enjoy the skiing and my friends and left with something more towards a life changing experience. The impact this trip had on me will leave me thinking about it the rest of my life. in addition to that Jason was able to take my skiing ability to another level. The evenings at dinner were quite eventful and who can ever forget Karaoke night with way too many Chu Hi's. Hugging it out with a great Japanese Group and singing let it be. Oh my !! if you can get the chance and book this trip, DO IT NOW !!!!

bradventures

stewart Currie01/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    January

bradventures

stewart Currie01/02/2019
We had a blast! The skiing was incredible. Jase led us on some great runs which we would never have found on our own. The entire trip was well organized and we had no problems. We were kept busy, skied, watched shows, ate good food, and sang Karaoke. Our last day of skiing was just like the pictures on his website. Tonnes of powder.

Why should you book a ski trip with JAPAN POWDER CULTURE TOURS?

Julie Spencer01/06/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Japan
  • Month:
    January

Why should you book a ski trip with JAPAN POWDER CULTURE TOURS?

Julie Spencer01/06/2018
The number one reason is you will have a truly unique experience. I enjoyed every minute of the whole trip. The views, the powder, the food, the Onsens, the culture events, the drives, the amazing guides and the snow monkeys are all memories I will cherish from this trip, this adventure.
Nagano Ski Buffet combines a ski adventure that will leave you begging for more.
Jason Caulton has spent years perfecting the art of a seamless ski vacation in Japan. He knows the area back to front and is determined to make sure you get the best snow the area has to offer each day. He takes everyone’s skiing skills into account and assigns you to a group with an experienced guide that will gladly coach you and push you to ski harder then you have ever skied before. The guide’s personalities and fun banter is the extra plus that helps give you the complete Japanese Ski experience. The guide’s did an excellent job making everyone experience the true wonders of Japan, both on and off the mountain.
I came on this trip with very simple goals, to ski hard and fast, steep and deep. In reality I have come away with much more; good friends, local knowledge, new backcountry skills, and maybe most importantly some new perspectives on life. They really did everything possible to make this the trip of a lifetime.

Just do it!

Terry27/04/2018
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States

Just do it!

Terry27/04/2018
If you are looking for a total unique, authentic local guided ski trip then sign up here now. Everything from the hotels (rokan) Location, staff and onsen to delicious food to amazing snow and terrain, the Nagano area has it all.
Arriving from the US, this is a trip that is unlike any other. Jason has a complete knowledge of this area so you can leaving every aspect of the tour to him and just enjoy and take the whole experience in.
One surprising topic of the trip was how diverse of a group it attracted. There were young families, college students, single hard core boarders & skiers and over 50 crowd. Because everybody there has a central theme for the love of pow, the time in Nagano is unforgettable!
P.S. bring your own gear, rental shop are few but Jason has all the avie equipment

First Japow

Charles Donnelly20/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    UK
  • Month:
    February

First Japow

Charles Donnelly20/03/2018
A big thank you to Jason and Jack, our guides, for such a fantastic ski trip. Fresh tracks every day, pretty much all day (unlike the Alps where almost everything is skied out by lunchtime). It was definitely worth the long flight just for the skiing but Japan gave us so much more on top of that; a great group of people, amazing food, historic temples and other cultural experiences. With seamless back up from Mike and Gus, the team put together a truly memorable 10 days which we highly recommend (as long as you can concentrate on the gaps not the trees)!

Great Trip in Nagano Area

Federico Bernasconi27/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Month:
    February

Great Trip in Nagano Area

Federico Bernasconi27/02/2018
As first trip to discover the japow, I did the Nagano Buffet in Feb. 2018. The trip has been a great experience. Every day we ski some powder with 5 (out of 9) days which were epic. Jason know the area very well and he chooses the ski resort with the best snow condition.
Thy Ryokan Biyu in Yudanaka is nice and you have a great onsen. Food was always good in the ryokan and in the ski resort.

No Loitering

Lee Paterson25/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    February

No Loitering

Lee Paterson25/02/2018
having quality guides was never something I had done before, but the difference it makes to getting the best snow, and constant advice on how to improve technique and ski-brain...
honestly, my skiing stepped up significantly on this holiday.
no time to pause on any of the runs... and no repeats if there was any doubt about the powder...
just keep it moving!

plus, the whole team are caring and knowledgeable about ski skills, and their mountains.
We felt safe, and challenged, which is a cracking mix.
I completely recommend...

Awesome Authentic Japan pow ski trip

Nick Simcock04/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    February

Awesome Authentic Japan pow ski trip

Nick Simcock04/03/2017
We had an awesome 10 day trip with Jason and Epic Ski. We are a couple of advanced skiers who love side/back country, and wanted an authentic Japanese experience away from the hoards of other foreign skiers in Japan.

We travelled to Yudanaka from Tokyo and were met by the welcoming people form the Yudanaka view hotel. Transport was easy and all the instructions and info Jason provided was spot on. The staff were awesome and a mix of Japanese and foreigners. There was a ‘great go” to concierge from Australian called Mitch. If you need anything Mitch sorted it.

The accommodation was excellent. We decided to take the traditional Japanese room with futon beds. The room was quiet and very comfortable. We used the Onsen (hot springs) daily before and after skiing. These were a highlight. The food in Yudanaka is well priced, varied, and high quality. We ate in the hotel 3 nights and the remainder in different local restaurants. The sushi train was fun and the craft beer on tap in the hotel was heavily sampled!


The cultural aspect of the trip was a real bonus with a visit on a non skiing day to Nagano to visit the famous Zenkoji temple, Nagano Olympic centre and a massive ski shop with great sales. Other activities after skiing included a sake tasting at the local sake producer. Jason also organised traditional Japanese Taiko drums, Geisha show and a karate demonstration on a couple of evenings in the hotel. They were all really authentic and interactive.


And now to the skiing………..There are lots of options from Yudanaka and we mostly skied all the fields of Shiga Kogen – the largest in Asia. Our first day was a 70 cm powder day at Madarao ski field and it was an epic introduction to Japanese powder. We had a good group of 6 who were very well matched in terms of ability and had some wicked skiing. Jason and his guide Jack were heavily focused on safety with good briefings, and packs with probes, shovels and all skiers wearing beepers. The guiding was very thorough and skier instructions well communicated. We felt that they were being cautious but were also incredibly focused on always trying to find us the best line and best snow available, even on now powder days. While we were advanced skiers the trip would also be great for beginners and intermediates too. There are excellent options for all levels and with Jason and his team of qualified instructors we saw other groups significantly improve over the week.


Overall the trip was fun and well run, provided excellent value, and a really authentic Japanese experience.


One other last tip……….Get a Japan Wireless wifi dongle (0n line)with unlimited high speed wifi across Japan – 7000 yen for 2 weeks. Pick up and drop off at Narita airport.

Terrific Skiing in Japan

Paul Mangotich08/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Montreal, Canada
  • Month:
    January

Terrific Skiing in Japan

Paul Mangotich08/02/2017
Jason and his ski guides gave us a terrific ski adventure in Japan. We were fortunate to have great snowfall while there, and as a result the skiing was adventurous, challenging and FUN!

The Ryokan experience is a pleasant and very luxurious way to enjoy typical Japan, great food, entertainment and very attentive staff.

Each day, Jason and his team would take us out to a selected mountain for the day; safe travels, very supportive group and extremely enjoyable as people & skiers... I would recommend this trip to all strong skiers.
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